A material brought about by combining materials differing in composition or form on a macroscale for the purpose of obtaining specific characteristics and properties. The constituents retain their identity such that they can be physically identified and they exhibit an interface between one another.

Composites are classified according to their matrix phase:

Composite materials are often called "advanced" if they combine the properties of high strength and high stiffness, low weight, corrosion resistance, and in some cases special electrical properties.

See also: Autoclave, Caul Sheet, Ceramic Matrix Composite, Fibre Reinforcement, Hybrid Composite, Metal Matrix Composite, Polymer Matrix Composite, Pultrusion, Sandwich Construction.

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